With increased interest in the preservation and restoration of some of Sri Lanka’s art and archaeological treasures of the Colombo National Museum, HSBC launched ‘Preserving Heritage,’ a coffee table book recently.
HSBC’s association with this book coincides with the completion of the refurbishment of ten history galleries at the Colombo National Museum. The project launched in 2006, has seen the completion of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Transitional, Kandy, Stone, Arts and Crafts, Coins and Currency, Standards and Banners, Arms and Armaments and Paintings galleries, with state of the art lighting, panels and displays.
As an extension to the initial project, the Bank has also undertaken the maintenance programme of all 10 galleries. Further, a bookmark was produced this year to be circulated amongst school children and visitors to the museum. With the impending refurbishment of two more galleries, the project will reach its final completion.
Commenting on this initiative, CEO HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives Nick Nicolaou paid tribute to the creative team and the museum officials for having produced an excellent book that can be enjoyed by many. He said: “Preserving the rich culture and heritage of a nation is one of the best ways for a globally oriented organisation such as HSBC to give back to the local community where it operates, and the book is eloquent testimony to this strategic partnership between HSBC and the Colombo National Museum.”
The book titled ‘Preserving Heritage,’ a collection of refreshing yet elegant pictures depicting some of the country’s priceless treasures, was officially handed over by Nicolaou to Dr. Nanda Wickremasinghe, Director National Museums and Prof. Leelananda Prematilleke, the Advisor to the Project, at the Museum on 24 November 2010.
Beautifully designed by Eranga Tennakoon, edited by Prof. Leelanada Prematilleke and photographed by Luxshmanan Nadaraja, Dr. Wickremansinghe said: “This colourful album brought to you by HSBC will no doubt go a long way in publicising the museum in the global arena.”